“First of all, I do not agree with Congressman King’s statement. We are a nation of immigrants, and diversity is the strength of any nation and any community,” said Jeff Kaufmann.
King in a tweet on Sunday applauded Geert Wilders, including a cartoon of Wilders using his finger plug a hole in a wall that says “Western Civilization.” The cartoon came from an account called the Voice of Europe that does not appear to be affiliated with the Voice of America broadcasting network.
“Wilders understands that culture and demographics are our destiny. We can’t restore our civilization with somebody else’s babies,” King wrote.
David Duke, the former leader of the Ku Klux Klan, then praised King’s tweets on Twitter.
“Just in case you were thinking about moving -> sanity reigns supreme in Iowa’s 4th congressional district.#MakeAmericaGreatAgain,” Duke wrote, quoting King’s tweet.
Kaufman in his statement also slammed Duke, saying he is not welcome in Iowa.
Rep Steve King On ‘Babies’ Tweet: ‘I Meant Exactly What I Said’ – “I’ve been to Europe and I’ve spoken on this issue and I’ve said the same thing as far as 10 years ago to the German people and to any population of people that is a declining population that isn’t willing to have enough babies to reproduce themselves,” King said. “I’ve said to them, ‘You cannot rebuild your civilization with somebody else’s babies. You’ve got to keep your birth rate up and that you need to teach your children your values and in doing so you can grow your population you can grow your culture and you can grow your way of life.'”
“We need to get our birthrates up, or Europe will be entirely transformed within a half a century or a little more, and Geert Wilders knows that,” he said.